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Portrait of a Man Holding a Letter (Origene Salecchi?)
Artist: Unknown Italian (Florentine) Artist
The inscription added at the upper left, “ORIGINES SALECCHIUS PHILOSOPHUS / OBIIT ANNO MDXXVIII,” identifies him as the “philosopher” Origene Salecchi and gives the year of his death as 1528. Salecchi, a native of the Emilian city of Faenza, served as one of the ambassadors to the papal court during the papacies of Adrian VI (1522-23) and Clement VII (1523-34).
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